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 on: Today at 03:32:14 PM 
Started by bgrove - Last post by bgrove
I also started on the floats   Smiley

 on: Today at 03:31:21 PM 
Started by Sundance12 - Last post by billdennis747
Sundance, we took the Trumeaux out today in perfect conditions. Performance is pretty spectacular. The answer is - build a big model and put it in lift!
Boutillier's model in those pictures - La Mamma - is even bigger.

 on: Today at 03:29:42 PM 
Started by bgrove - Last post by bgrove
Fuselage stringers are coming along.  I'm going to have to fill in some spaces between them along seams to get good solid tissue coverage.

 on: Today at 03:19:06 PM 
Started by Sundance12 - Last post by Kevin M
Parts for a prototype beginners P-30 kit (flat-bottomed airfoil, balsa box fuselage).

Interesting. Do you have a general arrangement drawing we could see?

 on: Today at 03:08:33 PM 
Started by Sundance12 - Last post by DerekMc

Parts for a prototype beginners P-30 kit (flat-bottomed airfoil, balsa box fuselage).


 on: Today at 03:00:27 PM 
Started by Sundance12 - Last post by Tapio Linkosalo

Parts for a prototype beginners P-30 kit (flat-bottomed airfoil, balsa box fuselage).

 on: Today at 12:10:32 PM 
Started by Sundance12 - Last post by PeeTee
Thanks for posting those results, it's interesting to see who is still flying. Andy Crisp, John Cooper  Ian Kaynes and Gerry Ferer are still going strong, but Ray Elliott caught my eye (11th in F1G) and I walked past his door on my way to the  park a couple of hours ago. He will (I hope) be running the Croydon Coupe competition on Salisbury Plain later this year, keep your fingers crossed!


 on: Today at 11:52:41 AM 
Started by kaintuck - Last post by packardpursuit
IIRC, Speed Spitfire was result a pre-war attempt by Supermarine to challenge the Absolute Speed Record, held by Bf 209.  Mods to Mk 1 airframe appears t have been a reduced span and fitting of  elongated streamline wind screen and canopy cover. Enlarged coolant rdiator(?) and a tail skid, too..  There seems to be some controversy about its civil paint scheme. Some sources state it was Dk. Blue with gold flash markings and undersides. While anther cites it was Blue and silver.  Either would be stunning!

Again, some sources state the aircraft kept its modified wing, but reverted to standard windshield/canopy and camou of Mk 1 standard, after Sept 1939.  I oft wonder what became of it.

IIRC, Moony plan calls for Bass laminations. Model railroad supply houses used to sell "H.O." gauge lumber in thin bass rips, 1/64" by 1/16" by 12",etc.   Might still be available online?

 on: Today at 11:20:30 AM 
Started by Sundance12 - Last post by ILGK48
I did some historical researches.
I have found that on November 30 1975, there was in Britain, Halton, a contest reported in Aeromodeller February 1976.
Georges Matherat classified 6 and 7 in the 100gr MRA Challenge, and second in the 80gr Aeromodeller Trophy.
I attach some very, but very rough scans.

 on: Today at 09:56:29 AM 
Started by Sundance12 - Last post by Sundance12
Completed right and left hand sides, carbon fiber two laid on the inside longerons. I feel that this fuselage  tailboom will be plenty stiff with truss, carbon, and paper skin. The rest of the model will be built without much further modification.

As things go...


 on: Today at 09:50:58 AM 
Started by kaintuck - Last post by Jasco
Looks like a cute little plane.  I'm not familiar with the Speed Spitfire.
I have also used shavings to laminate outlines.  I usually use basswood just because I like working with it. I'm sure balsa would be lighter.

 on: Today at 08:47:00 AM 
Started by Pit - Last post by Pit
Thanks!  Good to hear from you, Pete!

I went for this particular timer mainly for the "closeness" and time saved and, I was hoping, shipping costs.  Unfortunately, due to the EU shakeup, the time the timer spent in Customs AND the postage effectually negated the hoped-for advantages.

I'll likely order a few more of the timers at one shot to make the posting worthwhile since I have a number of A1 class gliders (including the Ornungen Grin).

 on: Today at 08:18:45 AM 
Started by Pit - Last post by PeeTee
It's looking good Pete, with the Dens Models timer it'll be good to go!

 on: Today at 06:44:31 AM 
Started by Pit - Last post by Pit
All  major construction is done, just need to add the wing tips, shape same and the LE's, final sand and cover.  This thing is a gasbag so far, weighing only 87 grams (including the 6 mini-clothespins holding the wing tips on Cheesy).  The DT system will add another 11 grams.

I'll be using Japico tissue for covering (I want to save my Esaki for my "lighter" models Roll Eyes) and I have it in three colors.

 on: April 12, 2021, 06:25:37 PM 
Started by Prosper - Last post by Prosper
Pete, yes this was mentioned earlier - the tubes were narrow-bore though, and because they were run outside the fuselage, they had to take a swift turn behind the exhausts, back into the fuselage, from where they carried into the wings (somehow). No criticism for not scrutinising the thread intended - I often want to mention something on a thread, but realise that to ensure that I wasn't duplicating, would take a half-hour's concentrated study Smiley.

Paul, I believe they knew then that beta carotene is beneficial to eyesight - the eating carrots=good night vision thing wasn't invented out of thin air. However, what the real chemistry is, I don't know. I believe one has to consume huge amounts before it becomes toxic.

I flew the model this afternoon. The snow vanished like. . . .like. . . .what's a good simile? I know! it vanished like April snow Cheesy. For the first time in weeks there was some serious sunshine, and also, for a long time we've had unusually low humidity - way down to 50% or even less. I think the snow sublimated in the dry air. Shivering cold though!

I had to double the noseweight. Yuk. However, the model started to fly better after that. I got quite a few flights in of circa 150 turns, which seemed to tell me that there's plenty of trimming left to do, but the style of its flight was very reminiscent of the test model. I still find it hard to launch - the wing fillets get in the way.

With the extra noseweight I should think it will not outperform the test model, even if it equals it.


 on: April 12, 2021, 05:26:30 PM 
Started by DerekMc - Last post by kaintuck
Still working on the scratch build hawker typhoon by Guillow....here is my nose....spinner made, HOPEfully centered!

 on: April 12, 2021, 04:43:28 PM 
Started by Prosper - Last post by Pete Fardell
Stephen, just to go back to the discs between the exhausts that you wondered about a month or two ago (ie not the struts Paul's talking about) .. have you seen this photo? It's from this page here https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235045734-spitfire-hurricane-merlin-exhausts/
where someone seems to be suggesting there was a tube running through the exhaust stacks that somehow carried heat to the guns.

(Sorry if this has been mentioned already and is known by all. I did have a quick look back through the thread.)

 on: April 12, 2021, 04:36:25 PM 
Started by DerekMc - Last post by Yak 52
Well done Jim Smiley good to hear you are enjoying some building!

 on: April 12, 2021, 02:14:42 PM 
Started by Prosper - Last post by RolandD6
I don’t know about carrots making one see better in the dark but I have read carotine can assist in avoiding macular degeneration. Orange sweet potato has a higher percentage of carotine than carrot and one can get vitamin A poisoning from consuming too much carrot or carrot juice.

There is a history of macular degeneration in parts of my family so orange sweet potato is a regular but not excessive part of my diet just in case there is some truth in what I have said.


 on: April 12, 2021, 01:57:59 PM 
Started by Little-Acorn - Last post by bjt4888

Great job to you and your students.

Brian T

 on: April 12, 2021, 01:50:53 PM 
Started by DerekMc - Last post by p40qmilj
 Grin  actually did something i haven't done since Xmas ... went downstairs and built more parts for my Gullows beaver, the rudder and started the wings. it felt so good after enduring a long winter. i can't walk far these days but i might get more done tomorrow.

jim Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin

 on: April 12, 2021, 01:08:34 PM 
Started by Pete Fardell - Last post by Pete Fardell
Thanks Chris.
I’m ploughing on with the lettering- a job I always dread a bit as it’s so easy to botch.
This time I decided to make masks using low tack Frisket film. As it’s low tack, I wouldn’t trust it not to let the paint seep with a spraygun but the advantage is that you can very easily position and reposition the mask until you’re sure it’s in the right place. And I can use it again. So, instead of spraying on the black, I’ve just filled the letters in with a Sharpie- outlines first using the mask and also a straight edge here and there. Then I just coloured  them in. I’m pleased with the fuselage letters. Better than my usual efforts with decal film anyway. Wings next.

 on: April 12, 2021, 12:55:29 PM 
Started by philly - Last post by philly
Tnx Ratz that trick will help.

 on: April 12, 2021, 12:15:30 PM 
Started by stupid - Last post by iflyhlg
As far as I know Stan only made those two models, I do not know if any other modelers built any from the drawings.  Bruce

 on: April 12, 2021, 12:10:34 PM 
Started by bobson - Last post by MKelly
Coming together very nicely Dan.  Did you find sufficient pictures to do the Portuguese scheme?


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